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Ergonomic evaluation of pruning and harvesting tasks of winegrape trellis systems.
Fathallah FA; Miles JA; Faucett J; Meyers JM; Janowitz I; Kato AE; Garcia E; Reiter DA; Miller BJ; Tejeda DG
Ergonomics in the digital Age. XVth Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, and the 7th Joint Conference of the Ergonomics Society of Korea/Japan Ergonomics Society, August 24-29, 2003, Seoul, South Korea. Seoul, South Korea: Ergonomics Society of Korea, 2003 Aug; :655-659
There is high prevalence of work related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the winegrape industry. Manual pruning of dormant vines and harvesting are highly repetitive and physically demanding jobs that are expected to expose workers to an increased risk for MSDs. The purpose of this study is to quantify risk factors associated with the development of musculoskeletal injuries to the wrist and lower back while pruning and harvesting five commonly used winegrape trellis systems. Twenty three subjects participated in two separate pruning and harvesting simulations. Subjects performed either a simulated pruning or harvesting task as wrist and trunk postures data were gathered. The results revealed significant differences among the trellis systems. Compared to the other systems, the vertical shoot positioned (VSP) was determined to be most optimal in terms of decreasing relative MSD risk, for both pruning and harvesting.
Ergonomics; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Workers; Worker-health; Occupational-health; Occupational-exposure; Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Injuries
Disease and Injury: Low Back Disorders
Ergonomics in the digital Age. XVth Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, and the 7th Joint Conference of the Ergonomics Society of Korea/Japan Ergonomics Society, August 24-29, 2003, Seoul, South Korea
University of California, Davis, California
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